Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Constructing a New Virginia: The Revolutionary Constitutional Convention of 1867–1868

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Much of what we think we know about the Reconstruction era is a product of mythologies promoted by Southern elites who sabotaged African American voting and citizenship rights and built the Jim Crow system enshrined in the 1902 state constitution. Examining the period and its events with eyes unencumbered by these old myths, we see a dynamic, revolutionary movement that made Virginia, for a time, more democratic and forward thinking. The 1867–1868 constitution improved life for all Virginians, creating, for example, the first comprehensive system of public education in the commonwealth's history. Independent scholar and author Brent Tarter presents this lecture. Cosponsored by Virginia's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission and the Capitol Square Preservation Council.

2018 Virginia Women in History

Thursday, March 01, 2018 — Saturday, March 31, 2018
Place: Second Floor Lobby, Free

In observance of Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia celebrates the lives and contributions of eight extraordinary Virginia women in this traveling exhibition as the 2018 Virginia Women in History. The honorees have developed new approaches to old problems, served their communities, striven for excellence based on the courage of their convictions, and initiated changes that continue to affect our lives today. See the links at left for a schedule of other locations for this exhibition.

True Sons of Freedom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 — Friday, November 09, 2018
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.

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